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11/20/2012 11:05:00 AM
Letter: Say 'yes' to generosity this holiday season

To the editor:

As Thanksgiving quickly approaches and the chill of winter winds begin to blow, I am brought to a quiet place in my mind and in my heart where people say "yes." There is no end to the domino effect when people say yes.

In early September I was looking for a job and spoke to the principal at my daughters' school. Knowing me from the previous school year, she said "yes" to me and offered me a job. I said "yes" to her offer. On Sep. 11, a day to truly remember in our nation, my "yes" turned into my first day of work. Assisting in the after school program I quickly came to see the need for resources for the program. I began a letter writing campaign, seeking donations to help give the kids at Heritage items to enhance their after school hours by building imagination, creativity and educational fun. My desire to help the kids has brought about "yeses" from the Days Inn, the Super 8 Motel, Old Trails True Value, Safeway, Target and Home Depot. Donations keep slowly coming in as generous hearts say "yes."

My husband is a Highway Patrol Officer and DPS is involved in Toys for Tots. My husband asked me if I knew of any families in the community who may be in need of some Christmas cheer and help this year. His "yes" to reach out to others brought me to our church secretary. She said "yes" I know a family who could use some stuff. It just so happened their kids are sizes my kids have just grown out of. So I've gladly passed on what was originally passed on to me from another family who said "yes" when their kids outgrew clothes and they gave them to my family.

The winds of generosity created from saying "yes" blow through so many lives. The impact is tangible for me, palpable. But unlike the cold winds of winter, I am warmed by the winds of thoughtfulness, bigheartedness and goodwill blowing all around us. Some call it the karma; some call it the Spirit of Christmas. I call it faith. Faith that people are good and faith in God to provide what we need. When we have faith and say "yes" to that which prompts us to be kind, to be generous, to help one another, the effect like the wind surges through our community leaving nothing and no one untouched.

Happy Thanksgiving Williams.

Loriann Gigous

Williams, Ariz.

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